Alliance announces protest programmes

A meeting of the seven-party alliance’s taskforce today announced a series of programmes against the King’s “autocracy” till the second week of March, according to the alliance. CPN-UML central committee member Rajendra Pandey who attended the meeting said that the seven students’ organisations would organise a joint rally in Kathmandu on March 2 and the agitating parties would stage ‘gheraos’, display black flags and take out rallies in all the municipalities forcing the “so-called elected members in the municipal elections” to step down, for a week beginning March 1 to 7. Women’s organisations of the agitating parties are scheduled to take out a joint rally in the capital to mark the International Working Women’s Day on March 8 and interaction programmes would be held in all the district headquarters on the ramifications of the Supreme Court decision disbanding the controversial RCCC and “successful boycott” of the municipal elections on March 9. On March 11, the alliance is scheduled to organise protest rallies and mass meetings in all the 205 parliamentary constituencies, said Pandey. The rest of the protest programmes till the second week of April would be announced after holding a meeting of the alliance’s top leaders within a week. Today’s meeting of the taskforce condemned the government for taking several leaders under illegal detention, including UML general secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal, general secretary of the Nepali Congress Ram Chandra Poudel and Treasurer Mahantha Thakur, vice-president of NC (D) Gopal Man Shrestha and general secretary Bimalendra Nidhi, vice-president of Janamorcha Nepal Pari Thapa and secretary Ghanashyam Poudel, Hridayesh Tripathi of Nepal Sadbhavana Party (Anandi Devi) and Prem Suwal of Nepal Workers and Peasants’ Party.

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